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Great Lakes The Wright Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils
BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
725 Ratings
Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,784
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
725
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
90
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 1 month within enjoy by date (8/28). Poured into pils glass.
Creamy doughy malt aroma. Very soft lightly spicy hop.
Smaller but dense white head. Very clear and golden.
More of a blended drink with all the flavor running together and more difficult to ascertain distinct flavors. A solid malt base and hop flavors and then a rather mild bitterness running through the whole affair. Hints of sweetness. Hop taste and soft bitterness lay on the tongue for a moderately long finish.
Slightly big feel for a lager. Kinda' uninspiring.

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Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Been wanting to try one of these for a while.

The Wright Pils pours a very light straw color. Looks a bit yellow when held to light. It’s very clear and clean looking. The head is bone white and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, and leaves a light coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. Quite good. It has a very spicy quality to it that’s typical for quality Czech Pilseners. Noble hops are readily apparent and have a strong presence throughout each whiff. It’s very earthy, musky, and grassy. There are ancillary grainy and light fruit qualities to it, as well. It’s a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smells fantastic for a Czech Pilsener.

The flavor is likewise quite good. I’m really impressed. The most notable aspects are the spicy and hoppy flavors. The noble hop flavors are nothing short thunderous and take center stage. They’re musky, earthy, grassy, grainy, and even a bit citric. They have a bit of a bitter bite to them, but it’s nothing overly strong. Just adds a nice jolt midway through. The yeast flavor is a nice touch. I’m not getting any alcohol. Finishes grainy, grassy, spicy, and dry. Very well done.

Surprisingly, the body is medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel nice. It’s got a great, crisp bite. Perfect for this warm weather. I could go through bottles upon bottles of this during the summer months. Very easy drinking.

Great Lakes Brewing should do everyone a favor and makes this available during the spring and summer on a widespread basis. Limiting sales to the gift shop is a mistake. The Wright Pils is nothing short of a fantastic representation a Czech Pilsener, and it should be much more available. I’m blown away. I was not expecting this. If you live outside the Cleveland area, do yourself a favor and trade for it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with enjoy by date of 09/12/2013. Looking forward to trying this; I'm always excited to try out a new beer from Great Lakes, and this one is no exception. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Two fingers of fizzing foamy white head on top of a crystal clear straw yellow colored body with plenty of bubbles rushing topside. Some thin scattered lacing. Doesn't look like much, but it suits the style.

S - Smell is of crisp clean grainy corn and husks, some wheat, and some earth. Doesn't really smell like much either. Imagine a more pure and clean smelling Miller Lite.

T - Taste follows the nose: clean wheat, earthy grainy corn and corn husk, some citric lemongrass, and crisp carbonation.

M - Feel is crisp and carbonated, with a clean finish. Extremely fitting for this beer.

Overall, an above average beer, and a nice example of the style, a clean refreshing pilsner with a moderate 5.30% abv. Easy drinking any time; great in the summer. Although probably not my first choice from Great Lakes Brewing Co., I'm glad to have tried it.

Great Lakes The Wright Pils ---3.5/5

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-yellow with small, tight white head and very little lacing. Smells of grassy hops and almost like whole wheat bread. Lots of bready flavour to go with the grassy hop bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and a great drinker. Doesn't seem to be a lot going on with this, but it is a very well made pilsner. If this was available near me, I may buy it more.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of AD17
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden to off yellow the head was bright white and vastly carbonated.

The scent is not particularly interesting by there is some dank or old malt aroma. Cereal malts are lightly put to the backdrop with some low lying hops.

For as uninteresting is the aroma the taste is quite the contrary. An almost lemony malt flavor permeates a grain, barley and rye. The barley is more prevalent but it makes the Pilsner flavors more alive.

The feel is quite easy, sessionable and light on the palate.

For as average as this set up it finished strongly and may be my new session beer.

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Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 08/29/12.

Pours a very clean and clear lemon gold. Small finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing, though. Crisp, clean lemon and citrus hop notes dance above a bready, honeyish base of malts. Nice and refreshing nose.

Mineral water bitterness up front, along with some grainy flavors. Herbal hops blend with peppery and lemony notes. Lightly toasted bready malt, with a hint of nuttiness. Slight honey note as well. Sea air noble hop wallop as the finish nears. Dry, crisp and refreshing, with latent lemon pepper hop bitterness. Moderate body with a crisp, lively feel. A delicious and very quaffable summer seasonal that I would drink year-round if it was available!

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INFORMATION: Great Lakes Brewing Co finally decided to release this one in bottles for distribution this year. I’ve had this at a couple of beer festivals before, but I’m excited to sample this fresh bottle. Onto the review!

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pilsner glass, this is pale yellow in color with really nice clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming upward within my glass. The white head stood just over a finger tall and hung around throughout the entire beer.

AROMA: Toasted Grains, Hops, Grass, and there’s also a subtle malt sweetness in there as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose…I’m getting a nice combination of grain and grassy hops up front. The hops are rather subtle and the grains really take control about mid-palate. There’s a nice lightly toasted malty sweetness towards the back end. The finish is clean, but not as crisp as I was anticipating.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Honestly, I was expecting more hops. This is a good pilsner for sure, but Great Lakes usually isn’t shy when it comes to bitterness and flavor. A nice and refreshing beer for summer drinking though. I’m partial to hoppy pilsners myself, but if you’re not quite ready for Prima Pils, then this would be a good first step up from Macro Beers.

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Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from12 oz bottle BB 082813

A- pours a clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head tha recedes to just a fresh collar
S- noble floral hops bread malt and biscuit with some grassy herb smells
T- noble hops with floral tastes with sweet caramel malts a grassy bread taste in the finish
M- crisp and pure with nice carbonation just a hint of hop bitterness
O- crisp and pure pils done right tasty and hits the spot

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around. Hops profile seemed more German-influenced than Czech, but, when it comes to lagers in this part of the spectrum, I can't claim to have the greatest ability for discernment. Clean start, with lively carbonation. A touch of grain toward the middle, with a restrained slightly herbal hoppyness to the finish.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. A beautifully clear, pale golden color. Pretty good color spectrum on this, as it is at the same time orange gold but effervesces up to a light straw depending on angle. Really beautiful. Nice big finger and a half of crisp, bright white head. Very good lacing and excellent retention.

S. Lots of grains, some hops, even hints of caramel and creaminess. A refined nose, the hops don't overwhelm, but pleasing, balanced, and bready. Very nice.

T. Light biscuity, grainy malt, some mild bittering and citrus character from the Noble hops, and a slightly floral finish with a very nicely rounded biscuit note. Near perfectly balanced. Excellent.

M: As mentioned, flavors are very well-balanced and the mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O. One of the best pilsners available, what a great choice to make this a new seasonal and available outside of the brewery. Those preferring hoppier pils may not be as impressed with this one, as the hops add a nice sweetness and spiciness but do not take center stage. This beer is all about balance and lightness, and it has these in spades. Great Lakes truly is a champion at lagering, and the Wright Pils stands proudly with Eliot Ness and Dortmunder as a great lager.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. I've had this one many times. Pours a crystal clear transparent pale golden, huge fluffy white head, very sticky lacing. Nice aromas. Very floral and earthy. Hints of lemon and fresh grass. I'm also picking up some pear, white grapes and green apples. The flavors match, with a nice lingering bitterness. There's a touch of black pepper, giving it a subtle spiciness. Finishes dry. Great carbonation which active and smooth. Light and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Refreshing and great for outdoors.

This is pretty straight forward. Nothing flashy, but very well executed. Traditional. Pilsener fans should enjoy. Quaffable stuff here.

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Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 725 ratings
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